Most of us know that smoking, sun exposure, and genetics play a strong role in the whole aging process, but some seemingly harmless everyday habits can cause wreak havoc on our skin. Read on to find out what they are and how you can start turning back the hands of time!
1. Applying perfume on your neck.
Spritzing perfume on your neck is a big no-no because the alcohol in fragrances is extremely drying to the skin and causes wrinkles. Apply it to your wrists, back of your knees, behind your ears and inner elbows instead.
2. Skipping the SPF.
Moisturizers and sunscreens have come a long way, so there are no more excuses! Look for a moisturizer and/or sunscreen that contains antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E. Also, look for one that protects your skin against UVA rays, which have been linked to melanoma, wrinkles and premature aging.
3. Central air and heating.
The central heating and air conditioning systems we have in our homes and work offices can be super drying to our skin and lead to premature aging and wrinkles. To help seal the moisture in your skin, you might want to invest in a humidifier.
4. Your pillowcase.
If you’re sleeping on a cotton pillowcase, I hate to break it to you, but you’re doing it all wrong. Switching to a satin pillowcase comes along with several benefits: prevents wrinkles, reduces hair frizz, breakage and split ends and maintains your skin’s moisture levels.
5. Drinking through straws.
Yes, using a straw to drink from bottles and soda cans helps protect your teeth from cavities and stains, but doing so repeatedly can lead to fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
Drink Your Water from a Martini Glass
Many of us are focusing more intently on our health and workout routines. Personally, I’m making a real effort to eat right and work out consistently. Also, drinking more water is key.
I’ve found that finding an attractive vessel for my water helps me drink more. I have a bright turquoise thermal water bottle I take with me everywhere. The color is one I can’t miss in my tote bag, and it feels fashionable when I pull it out to take some sips.
But I tried something new recently when I wanted a cocktail at home. Instead of going for it, getting out the gin, vermouth and olives for a tempting Gin Martini, I poured filtered water into a martini glass, added a lime wedge and started sipping.
Guess what? It felt great, and I didn’t miss the real martini at all. The fancy glass changed